Luxury cars, super bikes kick off Youth Day celebration
PUTRAJAYA: The roar of engines from luxury cars and super bikes signalled the start of the National Youth Day 2012 celebration yesterday.
The convoy, led by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek in a black BMW 330Ci convertible, was to promote the event and also the Millions of Youth Gathering.
A total of 100 luxury cars, including Lamborghinis and Ferraris, and 50 super bikes made up the convoy whose members were from cars and super bikes clubs and associations.
Upon completing the 14km route around the federal administrative capital, Ahmad Shabery said the event was on the right track and expected youths to start converging on here today, with more than 500 programmes lined up for them.
"This is an open day at Putrajaya ... for the youths to show their creativity, aside from engaging in activities of their interests.
"This is considered as the biggest youth gathering in the world and the activities will portray our youths are capable, vibrant and disciplined."
Earlier, Ahmad Shabery presented bicycles to several non-governmental organisations and public institutions of higher learning. They were sponsored by the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Among them were Majlis Belia Malaysia, BN Youth -- Pink Village, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
1MDB sponsored 1,850 bicycles in conjunction with the National Youth Day and visitors would be able to rent the bicycles.
Youths need only pay RM2 for an hour's use of the bicycles which are parked at the secretariat tent near the Palace of Justice in Presint 3.
Envoys to Malaysia are expected to visit the event sites tomorrow.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim said 42 ambassadors, including from Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Afghanistan, China, France, Fiji and Cuba would be brought on a tour of the event sites to show them the true colours of Malaysia.
"They can see for themselves how the government organises various programmes for youths."